Morning Prayer is said at 9.10 am and Evening Prayer at 5.10 pm on weekdays.

ON WEDNESDAY Holy Communion will be celebrated in church at 10.30 am followed by refreshments.

ON SATURDAY a visiting band of bellringers will be ringing a quarter peal from 10.00-11.00 am.

NEXT SUNDAY: Holy Communion will be at 8.00 am, Sung Eucharist will be at 10.30 am. There will be no evening service.



SILENT REFLECTIONS on Tuesday 25th April at St Michael & All Angels from 7.30 – 9.00 pm. Enjoy prayerful activities in the quiet of the sanctuary with the option of coming together to share your journey at the end of the session. Theme: Do you love me?

ADVENTURE PLUS. Kayakers will be staying in the Parish centre overnight on Saturday 29th April, as part of a 10 day Adventure Plus kayaking event.

MOTHER’S UNION will meet on Tuesday 2nd May from 10.30 – 12.00 noon. Jenny Morris and Gillian Watson will speak on ‘Church flowers’.

WORLD LABYRINTH DAY is on 6th May. St Michael’s on Park Road will be open from 10am – 3pm for people to walk and pray the Labyrinth. In particular we hope to have a good number of participants at 1.00 pm to join in the worldwide ‘Walk as One at 1’ which aims to ‘create a peaceful wave of energy as the world turns’. This will be followed by prayers led by Father Paul. Refreshments will be available. All welcome.

FAITH FORUM will be at 9.15 am on 7th May with a talk by Professor John Barton in the series: The Bible in Christian Ethics.

CHRISTIAN AID week will be from 14th to 20th May. One of the main focuses of the week is to raise money for Christian Aid to continue to fight poverty in many different parts of the world. If you have time to deliver envelopes and collect a few days later, and would like to make a difference, please contact Robert King on 01235 553715.

FRIENDS OF ST HELEN’S (FOSH) will visit Ripon College, Cuddesdon on Wednesday 26th July. Please contact Pamela Martin (Ab 530996) for details. £12 will include coach and tea. Limited seats so please book your place asap.

FOODBANK. Thank you for your continuing support for whatever you can give. At the moment we need toiletries, tinned fruit, long-life milk, cereals.

ST EDMUND’S CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL welcomes children from age 3 to 4. In September 2017 the unit is expanding. Contact the school on or 01235 521558 or visit the website:

23rd April 2017 Second Sunday of Easter

Baptism and the Journey into Christ

As part of preparation for Holy Baptism in the parish of Abingdon-on-Thames, parents of the infant to be baptized (or candidates themselves) attend a brief, two-session orientation called Journey into Christ. The sessions take place on Tuesday evenings, are in advance of the planned baptism service and are led by a member of the church.

The purpose of baptism preparation is actually two-fold; it not only introduces the attendees to the symbols, ideas and purpose of baptism as seen by the Church, it also introduces them to the community of fellowship that is our parish.

Journey into Christ sessions typically include multiple families, so the idea of fellowship begins immediately. We spend a bit of time talking with each other about where we are spiritually, how we were raised (from a spiritual standpoint), and even the ‘paths’ in life that have brought us to where we are now. We share. We listen. We get to know one another just a little bit better.

For those who are newcomers or infrequent visitors the churches in the parish of Abingdon-on-Thames, Journey into Christ is a preparation for walking in the newness of life, with Christ. Would you like to share in this vital ministry? Let the clergy know.

Craig Peterson